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India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended imposing a countervailing duty on imports of continuous cast copper wire rods from four of the ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The duty, varying between 3.46 percent and 10.27 percent, has been imposed for five years as the imports were causing harm to the domestic industry, according to a notice posted on the DGTR website.
Hindalco Industries and Vedanta Ltd are among the major producers of the metal while consumer durable manufacturers like Havells, Crompton Greaves and KEC International are its importers.
Directorate General of Trade Remedies said in its order that the imposition of a countervailing duty would not restrict imports from the subject country in any way, and, therefore, would not affect the availability of the products to the consumers.
DGTR said, “fair competition in the Indian market will not be reduced by the imposition of the countervailing measures, particularly if the levy of the countervailing duty is restricted to an amount necessary to redress the injury caused to the domestic industry by the imports of subsidized subject goods."
DGTR instead believes the imposition of countervailing measures would remove the unfair advantages gained by subsidization and create the level playing field.
The period of investigation for the purpose of the present anti-subsidy investigation is from April 2017 to March 2018. The period considered for injury investigation was 2014-18.
After Hindalco and Vedanta first complained of being hurt by cheap imports of continuous cast copper wire rods the investigation was taken up. The authority then sent a questionnaire to 17 exporters across the concerned countries asking for their response to the complaints of the producers here.
Directorate General of Trade Remedies falls under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s department of commerce and its order is final. An appeal against the order of the Central government arising out of this final finding shall lie before the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal.